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2-year-old daughter. a federal judge in lance armstrong's hometown of austin, texas dismissed a lawsuit that armstrong filed against the u.s. anti-doping agency. a major legal set back against the seven-time tour de france winner. it means the agency's doping charge against armstrong will appropriate seed. armstrong can now either take his case to appeals court, accept sanctions against him or ask for arbitration. when aefs gainevidence will be . roger clemens is set to play baseball again. the rocket is 50 years old. after a workout yesterday morning he signed on with a minor league team in suburban houston, called sugarland skeeters. >> oh. >> the first game, for the team, saturday. the game is a sellout. no long term plan, his agent says clemens is taking things one game at a time. he is a skeeter. they're saying -- this is actually going to be just, like one game at a time.
there is no clear vision whether he will pitch past saturday. his fastball clocked 87 miles an hour, through three inning simulated game. some of his former teammates saying he is just trying to put all that, past behind him, just try to prove he was actually pitching legitimately without the use of hgh and any sort of, steroid. >> enhancements. hive can do it. what's the name of the team? >> skeeters. >> skeeters. sad news out of hollywood. fi phyllis diller is being remembered. a cackling, outlandish, funny lady who stood out. her manager says he died in her sleep with a smile on her face. abc's brandihitt takes a look back at her career. >> reporter: she knew how to laugh. bob hope recognize herd talent. and diller became his partner.
>> didn't i have a sympathetic face. >> your face has my sympathy. >> reporter: she joined hope on a uso tour. >> such a thrill all these men whistling and screaming. >> yeah. >> reporter: they co-starred in a series of movies. >> boy, i hope it is blood. >> if your wife sees it it will be. >> reporter: his portrait hung in her living room. >> we were bosom buddies. i had the bosom. he was the buddy. >> reporter: diller never liked her looks. she had a facelift and went on to have a dozen cosmetic surgeries. when i die, she joked, god won't know me. diller worked into her 80s, adding her voice to animated movie "a bug's life." >> it's the same year after year. they come, they eat, they leave. that's our lot in life. it's not a lot but it's our life. ah-ha. >> her life was filled with laughter that unmistakable cackle, she had, i once said, such fun. brandi hitt, abc news,
hollywood. >> great laugh. good laugh. >> what i appreciated, she never took herself too seriously. a woman after my own heart. >> 95. long life. sleep well, ms. diller. stormy from the pacific northwest into the four corners region. thunderstorm from the gulf coast, to the carolinas. afternoon showers from indianapolis to pittsburgh. >> 70s in the midwest, northwest. and 90s from boise to albuquerque. 106 in phoenix. well, of course there is all kind of stuff going on in the tampa bay area these days. getting ready for the big republican convention next week. there are buccaneers out there. bucs preparing for an nfl season coming up, thank you. >> to celebrate. really cheering for the bucs. >> cheering for the start of football. a long summer without football, man. >> they attempted to create the biggest ever cuban sandwich. 36-feet long. looking all kind of delicious. 432 inches of it.
>> the previous biggest ever cuban sandwich was made in miami. this one was all for a very good cause. that sandwich was actually donated to a charity that feeds the homeless. and those of you familiar with tampa, it was made in ebor city, the neighborhood in tampa, known for cuban cigars and active night life. >> yes. that would be an understatement. >> yeah. >> excuse me. >> pardon. pardon. yes. >> all right, that was yummy. coming up. a look inside the mind of college freshmen about to start class. >> do we really want to go there. >> we'll feel old. >> probably the earliest gift buying guide of the year. the gadgets our giz-whiz is owing off for richmas. >> shake it, kitty cat. >> look at tha kitty. ♪ everywhere you go at the 5 & 10 ♪ >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by united health care.
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so now to the how old do you want to feel segment? you are going to feel really old now? >> really, a list is out today that will give you the answer, it is the beloit mind set test. >> most students entering college for the first time this fall were born in 1994, the year after i graduated high school. here is a glimpse of the mind set of the class of 2016. >> yes, for these students. kurt cobain, jacqueline kennedy onassis, richard nixon, and gacy have always been dead. >> robert deniro is thought of as the long suffering father-in-law, not as vito corleone. >> they don't know the
godfather. >> bill clinton is a senior statesman of whose presidency they actually know very little. >> bill who? >> like bill clinton is look our carter. that's crazy. awe >> they have never seen an airplane ticket. everything on their phone. >> if they miss "the daily show" jon stewart, they can get their news on youtube. like we did in school. get on the internet. youtube. >> i got together with my high school classmates, last year, we were, asking. >> at nursing home? >> at the nursing home. olive garden. we asked the waitress when were you born. he said in '94, the year after we graduated. we were like wow we feel old. >> does make you feel old. this was interesting too. they can't picture people carrying luggage through the airports rather than rolling it. interesting too. and they're, their folks have
♪ it's beginning to look a lot like christmas ♪ ♪ everywhere you go >> welcome back, everybody. as we all know just the middle of summer these days. this will probably be our first holiday shopping feature of year. but our giz-whiz dick debartolo wants to stay ahead of the curve and shows us what you will be shopping for before you know. and you are in the christmas spirit? >> yeah, i am. i am. in june and july. manufacturers show what they hope will be hot for the holidays. because the slick magazines have to get their gift guides together in august and september. >> bad enough we have back to school specials going on by july
4th. now ready for christmas in the middle of july. >> next month i will do back to school. i'm doing holiday. party animal, big for the holidays. kids will love this. they're little. plug your ipod. >> ha-ha! and the -- >> he moves to the music. >> to the music. one rhythmic cat there. look at him. >> there are four different party animals. >> look at that. >> all right. i love it. >> about $25. these aren't out until, late september, october. >> the kids will love that. >> love that. another thing for kids they play with electronics. why not let them build something electronic. a little kit kids put together. it only costs $20. >> not bad. >> they make their own little amplifier system. and all you do, all the wires are stripped, all the components are in there. under $20. >> get to build this.
which helps them. a cool thing, they get to build something with their hand. >> see where the speakers go and all that. this is clip sync. this guy can go on your belt. but what is neat about this. the usb dongle. now this side -- are micro and mini-usb. charge your cell phone. carrying the whole cable. >> smaller than most key chains. >> yeah, $20. the ipod version in there. >> very nice. practical. i leike that too. everybody has to stay charged in 24 hours a day. >> clip and sync. >> brand new. belkin. i will turn it around. all the inputs from your cable box. this hooks to the internet. get your app, at mytv, watch your cable box at home no matter where you are.
>> if i am taping a great show. awe i can hook this up and watch it. >> on a 6:00 a.m. flight this morning to san francisco. and when i get there i can watch "world news now." >> as we know you do everything morning? >> i do. i do. and record it and watch it again and again. >> you lie well. we appreciate that. >> the most expensive thing we are showing, $349. pivot head glasses. look look ordinary glasses. hd, 1080 p video camera in here, microphone. turn it on. no matter where you look, you are filming. >> really? you could put the glasses on at home. as you are watching "world news now," be taping the show as well. >> and watching it on your phone. >> that's what i like. then hook the glasses to a computer, and you watch whatever you recorded. >> $350. pricey. >> yeah. >> these i love. >> it's dead summer now. walking along, your feet are getting freezing as you go to work.
so you hit on, and then you hit, medium is 100 degrees. high is 110 degrees. in your boots. >> like the car seat warms up. is for your feet and not your butt. >> sit on it too if you want. >> whatever gets you through the night. >> this little guy, called boost. i will start the music again. >> it is newfield audio. >> you didn't have to plug. >> didn't do anything. >> no wires, no plugging. you just put it on there. >> nothing. called near field audio. $40. and you can, look for discounts. probably be down around $30. >> gadgets. giz-whiz, the best. keep your feet warm, your cat dancing, good stuff here this morning. happy holidays everyone out there, months in advance. find details information on all products at gizwhiz.biz and facebook fan page. you are watching "world news
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i'm holding it in my hand and it is hot off the press. top party schools. >> love this list every year. >> uh-huh. >> who is getting drunk right now, tell us. >> you got bumped to number three. the new party school for the first time in five years, west virginia university. the mountaineers. >> mountaineers doing their thing. >> they're getting hammered in morgantown. >> ha-ha! >> the school is dismissing the report. the survey by the princeton review. other bests in the eyes of students, most beautiful campus, florida southern. best career services, northeastern university. massachusetts, best campus food, best college dorms, washington university. best athletic facilities, u.s.
military academy. cold stone sober. >> sober schools? >> byu, number one. wheaton, number two. where is cedarville university, we were a dry campus. didn't make the top 20. get crazy in cedarville, ohio. >> did you enjoy a dry college experience? i mean like, i, i can't relate to that? i want to chapel hill. it was not. >> they asked you to adhere to the rule for four years. beyond that, whatever. >> very diplomatic answer. >> speaking of college this story gives me pleasure to report, comes from "the daily tar heel" i was editor of my senior year. apparently unc poptarts are coming to student stores and regional wal-marts. >> tarfields. >> michigan university, university of arkansas, university of georgia all part of the campaign. gearing up for football season.
late night snack. in a few weeks, next month coming there. so, if you are in those areas, or at the schools, go get yourself a delicious little pop-tart. enjoy yourself. thank you, "daily tar heel" best newspaper in the country for reporting that. >> getting pop tarts in the mail. >> feel-good food, a physiological truth to this. they say that flavors found in feel good foods, chocolate, tea, are similar to mood enhancing drugs and have a similar effect. molecules in chocolate, berries, berries you love berries, right. >> love berries, especially halle berry. >> everybody, eating chocolate. >> while you eat. i will share this journalistic nugget with the crowd here. russian authorities have banned an annual river race involving come pelt to competitors floating down the river on sex
this morning on "world news now" -- swimming into history. diane nyad is hours away from breaking an amazing record. >> she is expected to finish her swim from cuba to the florida keys. her lifelong ssion. it is tuesday, august 21st. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." uh-huh, good tuesday morning, everybody. try to say bon jour. >> bon appetit. >> we are become together. back on the ranch. feels so good. >> you had a great time in paris. >> trip of my life. fantastic. can't say enough good things.
it was good stuff. >> well we are soic stat ecstat have you back. welcome. >> we'll get tips on word and phrases you learned in french coming up right. and some pictures. >> like your hair too, it's shorter. >> you noticed. >> i did notice after you told me. >> we'll update you on the swim to florida and the top story. the political firestorm surrounding republican congressman todd akin after his controversial comments about rape. who is pushing him to end his race for senate. just about everybody is pushing him to get out of the race. >> he said i am not going anywhere. has until 6:00 p.m. eastern time to get out. saying he will not. this half-hour for the first time since 1932, an exclusive golf club admitted the first two women. who is joining augusta national after a year's long fight. >> think we just gave it away. >> right there, who was that?
the protest, involving men in suits sitting on toilets. we can't wait to tell you what is behind this stunt from down under no less. actually, despite how silly the picture looks. actually for a pretty reasonable cause why they're out there doing it. they're making a statement. >> right. right. >> they are the. >> what kind of statement. a stinky one? >> just, you know, hey. dropping deuces. first, diana nyad on course and inching closer to the dream of a lifetime one stroke at a time. >> despite jelly fish stings and stormy weather, the 62-year-old distance swimmer is hours away from coming ashore in florida. abc's t.j. winick has the latest. >> reporter: for the third time in a year, 62-year-old diana nyad dove into the waters off cuba saturday hoping to swm all the way to florida. >> i think the team. >> reporter: her route from havana, cuba to the florida keys
in open water would be a grueling record breaking 103 miles at a pace of 50 strokes a minute, a 60-hour journey. challenges include muscle fatigue, powerful ocean current, sharks without protection of a shark cage, and perhaps most danger russ of all, the relentless threat of jelly fish and excruciating stings. her operations chief ex-mraepla. >> diana, every hour and a half, every 45 minutes. a quick hydration. these are not long stops. >> reporter: a mission she tried to accomplish over three decade. making her first attempt at age 28. last september, nyad made it 82 miles, swimming 48 hours before jelly fish stings forced her to abandon her journey. though she has a protective swimsuit she had four painful encounters with jelly fish.
despite that, diana nyad is on course and singing. ♪ that's a lie >> reporter: prepared she insists to swinsist s to swim through any challenges. >> there is a reason no one has didn't. i may suffer i am prepared. >> reporter: if she makes it to key west she will get there before her 63rd birthday wednesday. t.j. winick, abc news, new york. >> you have to admire that persistence. she is amazing. what we are hearing now, she should get to shore, sometime, some where near key west. about mid morning today. if everything goes well. so, literally a few hours from now. of course, we will have the latest on "good morning america." >> look at the verbable visual. see the jelly fish stings, prevent hypothermia and fend off swelling of her lips and tongues. shark-infested waters. not swimming with a shark cage. trying to become the first
person to do it without a shark cage. she is swimming with an apparatus letting off lasers or electronic. >> to ward off the sharks. >> that makes sense. she is not sleeping the we can relate to. not sleeping at all. get this to break the record she is forbidden to touch or be touched by any support crews or vessels that even applies to the moment she gets to shore. no one can help her up to shore the has to be hand off. rooting for her hope she get there in a few hours. >> one perk, a school of dolphins was swimming with her monday. >> better than the sharks. keep on swimming. >> yeah. now to another swim making news this morning. the late night dip in the sea, mitt romney calling the swim by lawmakers reprehensible. during an official visit to israel last summer. some members jumped in with their clothes on. but the kansas representative skinny dipped prompting an apology. another republican congressman at the center of
controversy this morning is todd akin of missouri, vowing to continue his run for the senate, following comments about rape and abortion. >> akin has until to night to drop out of the senate race so the gop can field a candidate. for more, we are joined by karen travers, good morning, karen. >> good morning, rob, paula. this controversy is not dying down. top republicans in washington are calling on todd akin to get out of the race. he is digging in his heels and not going anywhere he says. you can bet this is not what republicans wanted to be talking about one week before their convention. missouri congressman and senate candidate todd akin is under fire for his comment this weekend about his support for a ban on abortion, even in cases of rape. >> first of all from what i understand from doctors that is rare, if it is a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. akin scrambled to explain. first saying he misspoke. then apologizing in a radio
interview with mike huckabee. >> let me be clear, rape is never illegitimate. what i said was ill conceived and wrong. for that i apologize. >> reporter: the damage may be done. akin's race was one of the best chances republicans had to flip a senate seat. his opponent, claire mccaskel was one of the most vulnerable democrats. the calls for akin to drop out are growing. but he sound look he is digging in his heels. >> i am not a quitter the i belief is we are going to take this forward. >> mitt romney called akin's comments inexcusable and offensive and said the candidate should spend 24 hours kidding what will help the country. and president obama was asked to weigh in. >> the views expressed were offensive. rape is rape. >> reporter: democrats are eager to exploit the comments. and to tie akin to vice presidential contender paul
ryan. both co-sponsors on a bill that would redefine rape when it comes to abortion. the romney campaign insists it supports abortion exemptions for rape victims. but a distraction from their efforts to focus on the economy and president obama's record. rob, paula, back to you. >> critical thing about the race. thank you, karen. that they're really eyeing the race to help take control of the senate. gop its. this is not something on a lot of levels they juwanted to deal. >> the gop backing funding. tea party saying step aside. other candidates, john brenner, a businessman, and sarah steelman, former state treasurer backed by sarah palin, trying to beat senator claire mccaskel. running for president is expensive. last month, the obama campaign spent more than it earned. re-election team spent $59 million in july. brought in just over $49 million. meantime, the romney campaign spent $33 million,
however, brought in more than $40 million. the third straight month that romney outearned the president. in tampa, the republican national chairman unveiled the stage on which his party will nominate the romney/ryan ticket next week. it features 13 video screens. off to one side a running tally on the national debt clock. the convention starts monday. and in san jose, california in the battle of the cell phone titans, apple and samsung embroiled in one of the biggest tech disputes ever. apple demanding $2.5 billion in a lawsuit accusing samsung of ripping off the iphone and ipad technology. samsung countersuing for $400 million saying apple illegally used samsung technology. speaking of apple, the most valuable company in history. already the most valuable company in the world. the company's market value is now $623 billion. stocks are soaring there because there is speculation a new
iphone 5 may hit the market sometime next month. good time to work for apple. >> you think? >> that's some serious cash. >> you what would we do if we weren't journalists? >> work at the apple store the. >> i'll be the mail clerk. >> it is winter down under in australia didn't stop some from hitting the beach in an are the installation, we should say. installing something. >> art is a mallable thing. check out the co-lalition of th constipated. pants down, seated on toilets, on the beach. >> the artist's way of drawing attention to an ongoing issue there whether or not to build public restrooms at the beach. one participant enjoyed taking part except for the weather. too cold to be outside with one's pants down. this will make its way into a painting featured in an exhibition in january.
[ toilet flushing ] >> turn that into a painting. oh, coalition of the constipat constipated. >> all for a good cause. get some toilets there on the beach. can't are gu wigue with that. >> they're toilets that flush opposite. anything south of the equator. >> true. >> doesn't run:00wise. counter clockwise. >> science lesson on the overnight. >> see what you learn. very little. every now and then it is useful. when children's beauty pageants cross the line. >> history made at one of the country's most exclusive golf clubs. the women who are finally allowed to join. you're watching "world news now." ♪ sisters are doing it for themselves ♪ >> announcer: "world news now" brought to you by peachtree settlement funding. 3q
have finally been accepted as members of augusta national golf club including a former secretary of state. abc has more. >> reporter: the biggest glass ceiling in sports was smashed. for their part, former secretary of state condoleezza rice and south carolina business executive dar la moore were gracious as they broke into the boys' club accepting their membership at augusta national, filled with statesmen, ceos and the wealthy. moore said a happy and important occasion in my life. rice wrote she was delighted and honored to be a member. >> this is a huge event. this is not just about playing golf, and the corridors of power. >> reporter: when the golf club formed in 1933 and started excluding women, american women were doing amazing things, will ebb were already serving as u.s. cabinet members.
for decade the club refused to budge. the former chairman once told reporters he wouldn't be force to admit a female member at the point of a bayonet. >> if i drop dead this second, our position will not change. >> reporter: today, he is still very much alive. but what may have changed mind was ibms, c.e.o., virginia rometti, the first ibm ceo who wasn't let in though the company sponsors the masters tournament and the story blew up in april. >> because ibm had a female ceo dominoes started to fall. >> a sudden change that came slowly. >> what year is it? >> the chairman applauded this said, condoleezza, and darla moore, applauded them. a good friend. a person with knowledge of club operations according to "the washington post" said rice and moore were first kidded ficonsie
years ago, as members, and rice loves sports, golf. >> a good move. decades too late by some. we finally got there. >> there is still a lot of female only golf clubs out there and male only golf clubs out there. >> welcome, condoleezza and darla. trouble for toddlers and tiaras. >> a pageant mom in custody court. you're watching "world news now."
far. linsey davis reports. >> reporter: matty is 6 years old her career is on hold. this performance on tlcs, toddlers and tiaras, dressed to look like dolly parton, may cost her mom custody. the outfit and potential sexualization of kids in the pageant world are being ex-mrpld by a judge in a custody battle. matty's father is fighting for sole custody, he says that his estranged wife was sexually exploiting their daughter. the judge placed a ban on any pageant activity for matty. some say if the father wins it could set a precedent that could put these child beauty pageants at risk. >> for the judge to take away the mom's right to be the primary custodian would be a very aggressive move. and i think would -- reverberate in other cases. >> reporter: meaning it could
open the door for similar lawsuits over these pageants or any child activity one parent may disagree with. stacy fitzgerald, a child pageant mom calls it crazy that a mom could lose custody over beauty pageant participation. >> i feel like it is a scapegoat for fathers now to try to get back at the moms. >> reporter: she credits pageants with helping her daughter find her confidence. a decision is expected next month wit potentially big implications for little contestants everywhere. linsey davis, abc news, new york. >> the little daughter find her confidence from being beautiful and all dolled up. wonder how she feels when she looks in the mirror without her fake boobs, a little butt. >> what values it instills in girls. all of us find that a little creepy. is it enough, for a judge to take custody away? that's the question. >> oh. >> just don't know. >> oh, lord.
>> quite a world as we said. >> be grateful you don't have kids and a daughter yet. >> uh-huh. yield to restful sleep. e sleepless nights and lunesta can help you get there, like it has for so many people before. when taking lunesta, don't drive or operate machinery until you feel fully awake. walking, eating, driving, or engaging in other activities while asleep, without remembering it the next day, have been reported. abnormal behaviors may include aggressiveness, agitation, hallucinations or confusion. in depressed patients, worsening of depression, including risk of suicide, may occur. alcohol may increase these risks. allergic reactions, such as tongue or throat swelling, occur rarely and may be fatal. side effects may include unpleasant taste, headache, dizziness and morning drowsiness. ask your doctor if lunesta is right for you. then find out how to get lunesta for as low as $15 at lunesta.com. there's a land of restful sleep. we can help you go there on the wings of lunesta.
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sometimes we wonder about y'all out there. >> yeah. if we were working, we would be on the pillow. >> out partying. >> we thought we would ask you a question, why are you awake or coherent at this hour the we asked you to tweet us your picture showing us why you are up. a great reason. take a look at this little face. sleeping soundly, but clearly, mom or dad. adorable. >> cute kid. >> this is from adam who says he is sitting on the couch, watching "world news now," not sure why he is not asleep. but his dog looks look he might be ready to hit the sack. >> his dog knows how much you love animals and stays up for all of the animal stories. >> thank you so much, fluffy. >> this one is from one of the people who helps make our newscast such a success, from 3,000 miles away in fact sandra works the overnight shift in master control hollywood studio center in california. they broadcast our show to puerto rico and the virgin island. >> this little guy, look at how cute he is.
looks look he is having a great time middle of the night. mom, not so much. jennifer tweeted this photo, saying this is the reason i am up. he is eating ac, a major hunk. mohawk. >> interesting to see how folks are doing. who is up watching? nursing moms are up. folks. no matter what your reason, we are grateful you are tuning in at this weird hour. if you haven't heard just yet want to till you about our new segment, wnn inbox. >> ask us anything that is maybe pg-13. on our faceback page. we'll answer it. and look at the wnn inbox. post your question underneath. we'll answer a few every wednesday morning. we will be doing that tomorrow morning. >> people have asked interesting things. we'll be very honest and forthcoming. all the juicy dirt. >> ooh, yeah.
this morning on "world news now" -- closing in. raging forest fires are now dangerously close to several northern california communities. >> and the powerful wind, dry conditions they're posing danger from california to colorado. it's tuesday, august 21st. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news no" >> good morning, or should i say -- bon jour. >> bon jour. how do you say good morning in french? [ speaking french ] >> i know three word. >> i'm paula faris. >> i'm rob nelson. >> rob is back from paris, everybody. >> good to be back. good to be back. well rested. amazing effects of a vacation. did i miss anything juicy?
did i miss anything good? >> not really. we miss you terribly. >> so sweet. back in the house. >> everybody missed you, our viewers and fans did as well. >> you are very sweet. >> they really did. i think you should do the show solo. >> no way in the world. we are in this together. baby. we'll update the progress that firefighters are making in the west, crazy scene, for months wildfires across the country. get to that in a second. then the crisis along the mighty mississippi. the section of the river is closed stalling shipping traffic at a very critical time. this morning, high profile mothers who lost their baby weight very quickly. who is behind the criticism aimed at certain celebrities. every time i see a celeb that dropped all this weight, they have trainers, they have chefs, they have nannies. >> and surgeons. >> plastic surgeons. don't put too much pressure on yourself. i am trying to lose my baby weight. my baby is 3. >> please. from the concert stage, music
videos to reality tv, nicki minaj may take her talent to a popular show. details on that coming up in "the skinny". >> you are back. >> back. hit that note. oh, man. that sounded good. >> you are all over it. >> i should be on "american idol" judging the show. >> maybe he is. >> uh-huh. first, an army of firefighters will hit the front lines again this morning in what has become a record breaking summer of fires. >> yeah, grueling work continues, the firefighters will be armed though with a special dose of patience because no sooner do they contain one fire another one erupts some where else. abc's brandi hitt is in los angeles with the latest. good morning to you, brandi. good morning, rob, paula. fire fighters are making progression in washington state. here in california, a whole different story. after weeks of battling several large wildfires in northern california, fire crews have been hit with another fast-moving inferno. in three days the ponderosa fire north of sacramento,
has scorched 23 square miles. >> this fire's path is directly headed toward many of these homes. >> reporter: at least seven homes have been destroyed. thousand more are threatened. >> if i could find a crew to save my house -- i couldn't -- >> reporter: the massive fire is one of dozens burning throughout the west including idaho. where after days of warnings, flames have finally reached the town of featherville. >> that is our home, and our only home and -- yeah, we are scared. >> reporter: here some families have refused to evacuate the now smoke-filled town. in washington, flames also continue to sneak up on firefighters trying to contain the taylor bridge fire. >> we can't control where the spots are going. >> can you read me okay? >> reporter: one week after the fire sparked, 23,000 acres have burned along with dozens of homes. fire crews are confident it will be contained soon. now fire crews out west are getting a break from the extreme heat. they hope that advantage will
help them finally put out some of these fires for good. rob, paula, back to you. >> thank you, brandi. >> conditions out there, the dry temperatures, lightning, it's all bringing an early start to fire season. and this video is incredible. you can just hear the trees, and the power of those flames. >> and the thing we made this point too, something floods, or something like that, some stuff is salvageable. when a fire tears through, nothing left. everything is just gone. destroyed. turned to ash. 3,500 homes are in the line of fire. the most ever so far this year. in the state of california. sending thoughts and prayers out west. going to need it. >> you saw some of the worried homeowners, they have no idea whether or not their home is going to go up in flames. in an area, we are talking about, ponderosa fire, 170 miles north of sacramento, northern california. >> we'll keep an eye on that all morning of course. moving on to other news this morning. an 11-mile stretch of the mississippi river remains closed
this morning as water levels there dip to their lowest in nearly 25 years. about 100 boats and barges are now waiting for passage near greenville, mississippi. parts of the river have had intermittent closures since a vessel ran aground ten days ago. dredging is keeping river traffic flowing along cities like memphis. >> they're having to go to a lighter draft, we have been able to keep the channel open and industry running. >> the guy should do radio, huh. nice. shippers are complaining the shallow river is forcing them to lighten their load. and is therefore cutting into their profits. paula, this story is for you. and now to another famous body of water. this is actually lake michigan shrouded by an ominous funnel cloud that formed off chicago yesterday morning as a storm triggered lightning, rain, some hail. had the cloud touched the lake it would have turned into a water spout. see, you were back in your home state of michigan on vacation. >> i was. didn't see any water spouts. nine water spouts spotted on lake michigan. >> is that unusual?
>> yes, it is. vacation is unusual too. >> it is welcome when they come. now we are beth back. anything else? >> that was heaven descending upon chicago. such a great city. >> see, that's, up in the midwest. >> that's right. >> your tuesday forecast -- spotty afternoon showers from indianapolis to pittsburgh. heavy rains, thunderstorms, carolinas to atlanta and the texas panhandle. cooler with afternoon storms and flash flooding in the southwest. mostly 90s in the rockies. 80s across the plains, southeast. 70s from fargo to the big apple. all right, an investigation into an incident of police brutality in pensacola, florida, has resulted in an officer being fired. all captured on the dash-cam of officer christopher girisi, he pulled over 29-year-old abby bonds as a suspect in a hit-and-run. when girisi thought bond wasn't listening to him, he slammed bonds into her car several times. >> ow!
>> it was illegal what he did to me. >> to say it is more shocking because as a veteran officer, it would be shocking no matter what the level the officer was on. >> now girisi has been fired, he is facing battery charges. he joined the pensacola police force in 2004, grabbed her hair, slammed her against the car. she didn't file a complaint. amazingly she wasn't seriously injured. this video was discovered during a routine review of video footage good to see, their police force out there is actually going over video routinely. but otherwise he would have gone. >> those videos have delivered justice a lot of cases. we see the footage. hard to deny what is going on there. i wonder as a male why, especially an armed cop, why there is a need to man handle a woman like that. just what possibly could be the need? see how that case plays out. makes you scared on a lot of levels. police can do that. moving on now, a close call for two dozen passengers
involved in a terrifying freak accident in toronto. a large crane tipped over taking down high-voltage live wires that fell on the bus. passengers were trapped inside for an hour then taken off safely. once the power was turned off. the crane operator was also stuck but eventually rescued. he suffered some minor injuries. well if you drive an old honda, keep your eye on it. because it is the most stolen car in america. the 1994 honda accord is tops with thieves for the fourth year in a row. i used to own a '94 by the way. national insurance crime bureau says it lacks up to date security features making it easy to steal and the parts are valuable. keep both of your eyes on your '94 honda accord. they're great cars. you will be paying more to drive off to the late summer vacation. average price for a gallon of gas rose to 2 cents to $3.72, the highest ever for this date. analysts predict prices could go up a bit before labor day and then fall after the holiday.
summer blend, winter blend, like starbuck's at the pump. >> this week they'll be up. next week they'll be down. the roller coaster of gas prices. >> we are all over it. a daily report on it. >> every day. every penny, we are there. ha. well, all ways, nice to be back here. inside joke. back here in the big apple. fresh off my vacation to paris, the city of light. man, everyone knows, the eiffel tower and the arc de triumphe, and notre dame, and the river seine, and the highlights, of course, i go with the food -- a delicious pork dish, lentil beans, we ate like pigs. this is not, at all exaggeration, those were the best mussels in the latin corner, nondescript pizza joint. incredible. and the best chocolate mousse, the best mousse, strawberries,
coconut pound cake in the middle. >> did you do any sightseeing? or just eat the whole time? >> we saw the bathroom a lot. the real moment, drinking of the wine. outdoor cafe. and the cheese and the wine. it was a great. >> we wanted to, to bring. >> monsieur -- >> and the cheese to you. >> this is -- >> you sound like the godfather. >> this is a biscuit i cannot refuse. >> look at all this -- >> merci, merci. >> dwayne reid's finest. >> look, cheese stick. too. >> we spared no expense. >> ha-ha! .> oh. >> a good year. a good year. welch's, 2012. >> welch's grape juice. grape juice, everybody. cheers. >> good to be back. paris you were wonderful. i want to get back there before i die. that's good.
>> did you do any sightseeing? >> coming up later. show you that too. a wonderful time. >> need something to wash it down? i do. >> who is having a royal time in las vegas, with prince harry. we didn't do a royal story until you came back. >> so glad you saved it. and the celebrity moms who got plenty of attention by rapidly losing baby weight, are they setting an unhealthy example. >> yes. let's eat. >> you are watching "world news now." we'll be right back! [ speaking french ] >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by just for men hair color. ♪ put it in your pocket we know a place where tossing and turning
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welcome back, everybody. being a brand new welce back, everybody. being a brand nemom isn't easy. now there is a whole n level of pressure being driven by celebrity moms who drop their baby weight in four second. >> critics are pushing back including a magazine editor who spent part of her career taking pictures of celebrity moms to the public.
abc's amy robach has more. >> reporter: one of the hottest trend splashed across the covers of celebrity magazines, call them mom show, hollywood mommies applauded for slimming down in no time after shedding the weight they gained while expecting. janice mins spearheaded many covers during her six-year stint as editor of "us weekly" but now after giving birth to her third child she is pushing back against what she calls unhealthy pressure on everyday new moms. in a new article for "the new york times, 42-year-old mins says the notion that instantly stick thin figures after birth are normal is untrue. sometimes, in my sleep deprived nights, i ponder our ideal of this near well dressed frankenmom we have created and wonder how to undo her.
hillary dove w hillary duff faced a barrage of critical tweets, blasting the star for not losing her baby weight fast enough. >> you see magazines filled with celebrities within weeks have bounced back, back to their prebaby weight. for most women it puts a lot of pressure on them. >> reporter: i recently sat down with a group of new moms fighting back from the the blitz of covers baring it all to show women what is beautiful and healthy post baby. >> if we can reach one woman to maybe not feel so bad about herself, that's what we wanted to do. >> reporter: much like janice min, these women say new moms shouldn't feel pressure to be thin, that being a great mother is what makes them mom shows. amy robach, abc news, new york. >> do what is healthy for you. >> don't compare yourself to celebs ever. >> coming up next, nicki minaj may be sharing her talent on a very popular reality show. >> the wait is over for kelly rippa who really need a co-host, it's all next in "the skinny." >> announcer: abc's "world news now" will continue after this
here we go, lots of good juicy stuff to get to today. including the revolving door at "american idol," mariah carey replacing j-lo, and steven tyler out of there too, and ape new name apparently is this close to signing on, nicki minaj, going to be there at the judges' table according to "us weekly" a controversial star for a lot of reasons. 29 years old. hugely popular. hugely talented. looking like she will sign the deal any day. haven't heard a money amount just yet. still have to find the third spot. randy jackson will take on a different role. trying to find a dude to sit on the judges' panel, could be, nick jonas, his name tossed out. p-diddy, adam lambert, pink, miley cyrus, brad paisley. trying to get the slots filled. nicki minaj coming on board. should be colorful. >> speaking of adding to a panel, kelly rippa, how long since regis announced -- >> heap left in november.
>> nine months. gone through 59 co-hosts. almost as many as you. >> feel your pain, kelly. >> so they're supposed to announce this on september 4th. >> september 3 will be the season debut. and she will host that solo. september 4th they will announce her permanent co-host. a lot of names being thrown out there. she had 59 guest hosts, josh grobin, nick lachey, seth myers, anderson cooper was on vacation and tweeted this photo of the two last week, on a cruise in the adriatic sea. >> after his big breakup. >> after he reportedly threw the boyfriend off the yacht. maybe, because they're great friend. just going to throw that out there. >> threw his cheating boyfriend off the yacht. just to be clear. not randomly. anderson busy guy, talk show, cnn, can't imagine another job. doesn't need the money or exposure. this would be fun, fun with a buddy, never know. >> great chemistry. >> stirring the pot. stirring the pot. that's it. want to report this news.
everyone loves michael j. fox, of course, from "family ties" fame many years ago. coming back to tv. apparently, nbc has given the green light to a new, still untitled comedy series. 51 years old. loosely based comedy, father of three from new york, dealing with family, career, and life challenges, including parkinson's, he battled for years, the network made a commitment. it should come in the fall of 2013, a year from now. and welcome back to michael j. fox to tv. i was a huge "family ties" fan growing up. everyone loves that guy. everyone loves him. >> and tony scott, the direct who took his own life, jumping from a bridge in california sunday. a lot of people are wondering why. abc news had reported that he had inoperable brain cancer. our affiliate kabc in los angeles said the family had, no idea, they were not aware that he had cancer. they weren't. we have not been able to reach
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. ♪ vive las vegas >> dedicating this story to you. >> i do love the city. >> las vegas got the r ♪ vive las vegas >> dedicating this story to you. >> i do love the city. >> las vegas got the royal treatment as prince harry shared the spotlight with hollywood celebrities. >> your eyes are rolling back in your head. >> this is news. abc's nick watt shows us the exclusive photos. >> reporter: six brunettes and a couple of blond, panama hat, and trademark ginger tresses, but no disguising the cheeky grin in the abc news exclusive photographs when harry met las vegas. ♪ i dread to think what he just told her. where is he telling her to go? i hope her mother is not watching this. harry got a taste for vegas last fall, out west, learning to fly attack helicopters.
must have enjoyed himself. he is back, sporty, textbook, british vacation gear, beachball, oversized shorts, and pale chest just waiting to burn. cops are pleased to see him. luckily they didn't have to restrain over any overambitious want to be possessors harry makes the most of being a prince, sipping grey goose in a private cabana. soaking up the sun. >> this is it. and j-lo hosting the mgm grand pool party, willingly soaked up most of the flashbulbs. >> it is going to be a nice fun, vegas-filled, fun day. >> a few cabanas down wi her n toy boy, casper sm >> rya wcome to vegas. >> also in sin city, ryan lochte ing what hdoes best -- beside the freestyle. >> they are young, healthy men having a great time by the pool
with beautiful women and a lot of people would have liked to be in their shoes or in their speedos. >> you can wear all the medals you like, but harry can probably wear a crown if he wanted to. and the ladies seemed to respond to that. nick watt, abc news, los angeles. >> awesome. i hope that you all feel more informed after the story. >> yeah, i do. >> uh-huh. >> our day can officially go on. >> there you go. >> oh, there is -- >> look at you. i didn't know you and prince harry had a thing going on. >> after vegas, the pool. we decided to go horseback riding. >> really. >> do a little -- >> riding the horse. >> ha-ha!